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A killing at Danny Mayfield Park

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

With some exceptions, mostly when writing obituary columns, I try to avoid using the pronoun I on this page. But sometimes there’s no way around it. This week is one of those times.

When posts started appearing on my Facebook feed Saturday-before-last announcing that another Knoxville child had been shot by gangbangers, all I could think was, Dear God, not again.

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Stirring up trouble

Sandra Clark
Editor

Shopper columnist Victor Ashe got a few folks upset with his prediction last week that West Hills residents would get the sidewalk they requested with a 7:30 a.m. walk on Sheffield Drive from Wesley Road to West Hills Elementary School on Vanosdale.

Ashe pointed to safety concerns and support from three members of City Council: Vice Mayor Duane Grieve, George Wallace and Marshall Stair.

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Tubman on the $20: Money and politics

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

Everyone complains about money in politics. Republicans object to the money funneled into campaigns from big labor. Democrats complain about money coming in from big business. Lately, folks in both political parties complain about so-called super PACs and their billionaire donors.

We’re used to money in politics. Last week, we learned there can even be politics in money.

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This is our community: New leaders speak out

Betty Bean
Government/Politics columnist

Gary Gamble, owner of Gam’s Hair Fashions on University Avenue, heard gunshots from Danny Mayfield Park the night 12-year-old JaJuan Latham was killed.

Gamble, a graduate of Austin-East High School who has owned his business for 22 years, lives above his barbershop. He had four barbers when he started. Today he has 10, and he believes in giving back to his community.

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Get away to St. Helena

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Two months ago in February, I visited an island that had been on my bucket list for years. It is St. Helena, a British Overseas Territory located in the South Atlantic Ocean between Africa (Angola is 1,200 miles east) and South America (Brazil is 1,800 miles west).

St. Helena is best known as the final site for the exile of Napoleon Bonaparte after his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. He lived there until his death in 1821. It is also the home of Jonathan, the world’s oldest known living reptile (a tortoise; more on him later).

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DeAlejandro to speak at Pellissippi graduation

Sara Barrett
West Schools

Krissy DeAlejandro, executive director of tnAchieves, will speak to graduates of Pellissippi State Community College at this year’s spring commencement ceremony May 6.

“Although I talk in front of people a lot, admittedly, I’m nervous,” says DeAlejandro. “I often tell students I am very much like them, and I understand how intimidating the process of getting an education can be. But it can change your life.”

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From Dooley to Jones

Marvin West
Sports

Spring assessment: “We’re really a bad football team. We have a long way to go, we really do. The passing game is terrible from an execution standpoint. The running game is nonexistent, and really, that’s about it. The kickers and punters are below average.”

Scrimmage summation: “We weren’t very good. We were poor in protections. We were poor in routes, we were poor in throws. The passing game didn’t look very good.”

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